Chef's Corner

Shrimp Beurre Blanc

Work with the shrimp one at a time, leaving the rest in a bowl of ice water. Holding on to the body of the shrimp, use your fingers to pull off head if it is still attached, and then the legs.

Starting with the head end, gently peel back the shell. Use your fingernails or a knife to cut into the base shell segment.

Remove the shrimp from its shell entirely. Place shrimp down flat on a cutting board and use a small sharp knife to make a shallow cut down the back of the shrimp.

You may see a dark, vein-like intestinal tract running through the meat. Use your fingers, or the sharp tip of a knife to remove. As you complete each shrimp, put into a bowl of ice water to keep cool. Set aside while you prepare the sauce.

Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add sausage; cook about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Add onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeno. Cook 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds.

Add stock, tomatoes, salt, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until rice is just tender, 10 minutes. Add shrimp, cover, and cook until shrimp turn pink, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in scallions and lemon juice. Garnish with additional scallions.

Shrimp Flat Bread with Spinach and Peppers

Preheat oven to 400º. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons oil and butter. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add red pepper flakes and continue to cook, 1 minute more. Add shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Sear 2 minutes per side. Deglaze pan with lemon juice until most of the liquid has evaporated, then remove from heat.

Place flatbread on a baking sheet and brush with remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella and top with shrimp mixture. Top with remaining mozzarella and bake until cheese is melty and flatbread golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

Garnish with red pepper flakes, parsley, and lemon zest.